David Mercer (footballer)

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David Mercer
Personal information
Full name David William Mercer[1]
Date of birth (1893-03-20)20 March 1893
Place of birth St Helens, England
Date of death 1 June 1950(1950-06-01) (aged 57)[2]
Place of death Newton Abbot, England
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Prescot Athletic
Skelmersdale United
1913–1920 Hull City 91 (26)
1920–1927 Sheffield United 223 (22)
Prescot Cables
1929–1930 Torquay United 28 (0)
Dartmouth United
National team
1922–1923 England 2 (1)
Football League XI
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David William Mercer (20 March 1893 – 1 June 1950) was an English professional footballer who made over 220 appearances as an outside right in the Football League for Sheffield United.[1] He also played league football for Hull City and Torquay United and won two caps for England.[1]

Club career[edit]

After beginning his career in non-league football with Prescot Athletic and Skelmersdale United, Mercer joined Second Division club Hull City for a £40 fee on 22 January 1914.[2] He made 91 league appearances and scored 26 goals for the club before moving to First Division Sheffield United on 13 December 1920, for a British record transfer fee of £4,500.[2] He made 223 league appearances and scored 22 goals for the Bramall Lane club and won the 1924–25 FA Cup, before leaving in 1927.[2][3] Aside from a spell with Torquay United during the 1929–30 season, Mercer saw out the remainder of his career in non-league football.[1]

International and representative career[edit]

Mercer represented the Football League XI and won two caps for England, scoring once, in a 6–1 victory over Belgium on 19 March 1923.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mercer was the brother of fellow footballer Arthur Mercer and the pair briefly played together at Sheffield United.[2] Mercer's other brother Richard was an amateur footballer and his son David also became a professional footballer.[2][4][5] In 1911, Mercer was working in a coal mine and in 1939 was working as a golf club groundsman.[2]


Sheffield United

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hull City 1914–15[6] Second Division 38 4 5 0 43 4
Torquay United 1929–30[7] Third Division South 28 0 1 0 29 0
Career total 66 4 6 0 72 4


  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 201. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "England Players – David Mercer". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "1925 FA Cup Final Result". sportingchronicle.com. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Players A to Z (L-M)". www.wiganborough.bernardramsdale.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Barry Hugman's Footballers – David Mercer". hugmansfootballers.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Hull City AFC Squad 1914/15". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ Edwards, Leigh (1997). The Definitive Torquay United F.C.. The Association of Football Statisticians. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.